62 To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
I cannot fall back on past success and consider myself actively working for the Kingdom. Adonai commands that I actively show proof of my trust through action. Abba grant that I be that strong worker.
Now while Yeshua was in Yerushalayim at the Pesach festival, there were many people who “believed in his name” when they saw the miracles he performed. But he did not commit himself to them, for he knew what people are like— that is, he didn’t need anyone to inform him about a person, because he knew what was in the person’s heart.
It is a change of heart that sets us apart from the world, because it is in our heart that trust begins. Many believe there is a God and that He has worked many miracles but that is knowledge that they just know like repeating a word for a spelling test but not knowing what the word actually means. Yet when we take the time to take that knowledge from our minds and write it as the psalmist says on our hearts, we discover deeper definitions that ADONAI wants to share with us to build a trust with us. Yeshua who sat with ADONAI yet apart since before creation understood this bond of trust and could see everyone’s intent, he could see their heart. He knew what they actually trusted in and only committed himself to the ones who were committed to ADONAI. As believers we must witness to everyone but only commit ourselves to fellow believers, for to trust in anyone who does not trust ADONAI will only bring disappointment over time. Lord let me be worthy of Your trust and that of my friends that You have put in my life, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, try your hardest to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if you have these qualities in abundance, they keep you from being barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
As believers we must build on our trust in ADONAI daily just as Kefa describes. Our trust is a process as long as we are in these corruptible bodies, so it is a process that we must accomplish daily. That is why our faith must be filled with everything good, we must learn what is good from our knowledge of God’s Word, acting on that knowledge we gain self-control over our selfish reactions and keep doing the deliberate actions of ADONAI, with that self-control we develop a practice that we persevere in, that perseverance lets us commune with God which leads to brotherly affection for all of God’s people and grows into love of our fellow man. It is in this process that we as believers can achieve what Kefa wished for us in his preamble to this letter, “May grace and shalom be yours in full measure, as you come to a full knowledge of God and Yeshua our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2). Lord let me be always looking to You in all things in my life. Let Your word explode on my heart and soul so that I cannot help but share it. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.
1 Peter 4:7
The accomplishing of the goal of all things is close at hand. Therefore, keep alert and self-controlled, so that you can pray.
Yeshua is returning and calling His Bride to come to the celebration. Till then we as the body of believers must remain alert and self-controlled as we live in a time when the loss of control is the norm, and no one is responsible for their own actions. Distractions cannot come between us and ADONAI, so we must keep focused day in and day out looking to God to give us all that we need to see that day through. Lord let me lean on You for all things and trust in the trials You allow to hone my faith so I trust You deeper and deeper. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations; for you know that the testing of your trust produces perseverance. But let perseverance do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.
Nothing is proven to be useful until it has undergone some type of testing. We purify our metals by putting them through a crucible, card fibers through combs to remove imperfections, and cut away the bad portions of food before we prepare a meal. If we who are created are that careful with the things we create how much more will ADONAI be with us. As our trust grows in the salvation that God has given us through Yeshua isn’t it to be expected there will be times of refining to make our trust that much stronger? God loves us and because of that He wants us in the purest form we can be so that may mean we go through the crucible time and again and each time the dross, the sin and selfishness is burned away and we come out new and bright to serve in His light. Lord do not let me get discouraged in Your times of testing but rejoice in that You see fit to refine me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Rebuke some who are disputing; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and to yet others, show mercy, but with fear, hating even the clothes stained by their vices.
Y’udah shows us as believers how we are to act to those nudniks who seek to destroy the congregations out of their own selfish hearts. We must be ready to rebuke anyone who wants to dispute the Word, who in their mind have already decided that their own gospel is the truth verses the Word of God. By standing firmly upon our rock which is the Word we through the power of the Ruach HaKodesh in us might bring some of these hurtful people to the realization of their sin and salvation through the sacrifice of Yeshua. Also, in the times of correction it must always be about God’s condemnation of sin and not a disdain for the person themselves or we risk the same sin and condemnation for our own selfish pride. Lord let me be a continual light to Your salvation, do not let anything that is my own foolishness get in the way of someone’s trust in You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
For although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the very first principles of God’s Word all over again! You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who has to drink milk is still a baby, without experience in applying the Word about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by continuous exercise to distinguish good from evil.
I read this passage again and I sit in shame. For how many years did I just subsist in the milk of the Word preached once a week only to turn back to my worldly ways’ day in and day out. Without growth, there can be no fruit of the Ruach and with no fruit I am no better than the servant who went and buried his talent instead of even depositing it in the bank to earn interest. Lord forgive me for being lazy and ineffective. Let me have the meat of Your Word so that I may continue to grow in You and bring the fruit that You would have me tend. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Therefore, we must pay much more careful heed to the things we have heard, so that we will not drift away. For if the word God spoke through angels became binding, so that every violation and act of disobedience received its just deserts in full measure, then how will we escape if we ignore such a great deliverance? This deliverance, which was first declared by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him; while God also bore witness to it with various signs, wonders and miracles, and with gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh which he distributed as he chose.
As believers there is the one fundamental thing we must do, heed the Word of ADONAI. Only by clinging to His Word can we daily re-enforce our desire to be with Him. Nothing spoken by God has ever and will ever return void of action on His will as shown by the example of Yeshua and infilled into each of us by the Ruach HaKodesh. Lord thank You for this desire to study Your Word. Let me grow stronger as You write it on my heart to reflect Your love for the world. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
2 Timothy 4:16-17
The first time I had to present my defense, no one stood by me; everyone deserted me—may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power to proclaim the full message for all the Goyim to hear, and I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
Sha’ul has just shown us that the Word of the Lord is living and above reproach for it was Yeshua himself when teaching the talmidim that said. “Now when they arrest you and bring you to trial, don’t worry beforehand about what to say. Rather, say whatever is given you when the time comes; for it will not be just you speaking, but the Ruach HaKodesh.” (Mark 13:11) As long as we who are believers stand firmly rooted in the Word of ADONAI and accept the Ruach’s leading in our lives we will always be ready to witness to His glory no matter the circumstance. Lord let me dig deeper into You. David said deep calls unto deep, let me have that relationship and through it share Your love with the world. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people. It teaches us to renounce godlessness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age; while continuing to expect the blessed fulfillment of our certain hope, which is the appearing of the Sh’khinah of our great God and the appearing of our Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah.
No one, not a single person on earth has an excuse to not know who ADONAI is and His salvation through Yeshua. The grace that is given by God, be it a testimony from a believer or the dawn of the day with all creation singing, or the cloak of His glory reflected in a winter’s night display of the milky way, His praise speaks to us so that even if we want to deny the existence of God, as those so foolishly selfish try to do, their very arguments always fail and verify the very existence of His grace. So, no one can claim they did not have the opportunity to know God and once knowing Him we must purse all that is good or be condemned to wallow in our own continued selfishness. Lord I praise the day that You finally broke through the bulwarks of my heart and showed me a love that is overwhelming. Lord keep me thirsty for Your living Word. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.