Just my understanding of God’s Word

Luke 9:62

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.

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Forgiveness

Genesis 50:15-21
Realizing that their father was dead, Yosef’s brothers said, “Yosef may hate us now and pay us back in full for all the suffering we caused him.” So they sent a message to Yosef which said, “Your father gave this order before he died: ‘Say to Yosef, “I beg you now, please forgive your brothers’ crime and wickedness in doing you harm.”‘ So now, we beg of you, forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Yosef wept when they spoke to him; and his brothers too came, prostrated themselves before him and said, “Here, we are your slaves.” But Yosef said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Am I in the place of God? You meant to do me harm, but God meant it for good—so that it would come about as it is today, with many people’s lives being saved. (vii) So don’t be afraid—I will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he comforted them, speaking kindly to them.
 
Now I have placed myself in bad situations through my own selfish sin that there was nothing but pain and suffering to follow until I sought forgiveness and made restitution under God’s direction. Yet like Yosef I have been put in a bad situations by other people that in the end worked out for myself and others to the glory of ADONAI. If we truly trust ADONAI to lead us in all our days, then no matter the situation He will tend to us His people. It is our trust that allows us to give forgiveness to others when we ourselves have been forgiven of so much. Lord let my forgiveness of others be honest and true so all may see Your love for them through me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Serve the Redeemer

Genesis 47:23-25

Then Yosef said to the people, “As of today I have acquired you and your land for Pharaoh. Here is seed for you to sow the land.  When harvest time comes, you are to give twenty percent to Pharaoh; eighty percent will be yours to keep for seed to plant in the fields, as well as for your food and for that of your households and your little ones.”

They replied, “You have saved our lives! So if it pleases my lord, we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”

 

Yosef had done physically what Yeshua would do spiritually, saved the people from complete destruction.  In doing so he acquired the people to serve the kingdom for the rest of their lives, just as we as believers are to serve ADONAI forever and ever.  It is God’s salvation that truly saves us why wouldn’t we rejoice in that salvation and serve!  Lord let me be the slave that Yeshua spoke of, trustworthy with the maneh (wages) and brought back ten-fold when called upon.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

The big picture

Genesis 45:4-8

Yosef said to his brothers, “Please! Come closer.” And they came closer. He said, “I am Yosef, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.  But don’t be sad that you sold me into slavery here or angry at yourselves, because it was God who sent me ahead of you to preserve life.  The famine has been over the land for the last two years, and for yet another five years there will be neither plowing nor harvest.  God sent me ahead of you to ensure that you will have descendants on earth and to save your lives in a great deliverance. (iii)  So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of all his household and ruler over the whole land of Egypt.

 

Yosef could look back on the circumstances of his life and see the hand of ADONAI leading him to this moment.  It is the same for all our lives once we commit our trust in God through accepting the sacrifice of Yeshua, everything or as Sha’ul says in Romans “Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose;” (Rom 8:28).  Not everything we experience will be good or fair or just, just as many things were not just or fair that Yosef experienced, but it will be a refining and a positioning so that we can serve ADONAI as he would have us serve.  Lord let me be as wise and observant as Yosef so as to see Your hand in all things.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Don’t look back

Luke 17:31-32

On that day, if someone is on the roof with his belongings in his house, he must not go down to take them away. Similarly, if someone is in the field, he must not turn back— remember Lot’s wife!

 

While Yeshua is talking about the time of His return it is the same for us when we leave a life of worldliness and sin to a one of trust and service.  We must continually stay focused on ADONAI in our lives and not turn back to the selfish pursuits that keep us from God.  To keep going back to sin is death just as Lot’s wife died looking at what was behind her.  Lord let me always look to Your leadership in my life.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Thriving in the moment

Genesis 39:2

ADONAI was with Yosef, and he became wealthy while he was in the household of his master the Egyptian.

 

Yosef had been traded by his brothers into slavery and bought and sold in Egypt to serve.  Yet in this humble and cruel position Yosef thrived.  He was still a slave, still captive in a foreign land, still separated from all he knew but he thrived because he kept his trust in ADONAI and God was with him.  It is the same for us, when we trust no matter our circumstance we thrive because God is with us as we serve Him.  Lord build my trust I as cling to the salvation You have given me through Your Word and by the blood of Yeshua.  Let me be as strong as Yosef whether slave or prisoner or servant to the king and honor and follow Your will in all things.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Righteousness

Psalms 7:18

I thank ADONAI for his righteousness

and sing praise to the name of ADONAI’Elyon.

 

No matter how hard I try I can never achieve the righteousness of ADONAI.  Only with the indwelling of His Ruach can I only begin to understand just how far off the mark I am and just how much He loved us to redeem us through the blood of Yeshua.  How can I do anything else but thank God for His righteousness and praise Him through my days.  Lord I praise Your holiness and thank You for Your redemption through Yeshua HaMashiach.  Amen.

No to Toleration

Genesis 34:20-24

Hamor and Sh’khem his son came to the entrance of their city and spoke with its leading men:   “These people are peaceful toward us; therefore let them live in the land and do business in it; for, as you can see, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives for ourselves, and we’ll give them our daughters.  But the people will consent to live with us and become one people only on this condition: that every male among us gets circumcised, as they themselves are circumcised.  Won’t their cattle, their possessions and all their animals be ours? Only let’s consent to do what they ask, and then they will live with us.” Everyone going out the city’s gate listened to Hamor and Sh’khem his son; so every male was circumcised, every one that went out the gate of the city.

 

This is the kind of thought we as believers must deal with when we tolerate selfish sinful thinking.  Sh’khem and his father Hamor were not thinking of worshiping the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Isra’el but how Sh’khem could posses Dinah whom he had already raped.  Furthermore, they looked to the riches of Isra’el and plotted how they could deceive them into their own hands.  This is what toleration holds for the body, people with evil intent saying it’s okay for sin to be in the body because everyone is doing it.  In our day and age, a 11-year-old boy dressing as a woman and posing with a naked man doesn’t make the news because of the crime of sexualizing a child but the entertainment news because we as believers have tolerated sin in our camp.  We must turn back to God and repent for not standing against sin but tolerating it around us.  Lord first forgive me for my own sin, as I fail You more than I can count.  Lord let my heart be open to Your Ruach and give me the boldness of Dani’el to stand meekly yet courageously against sin.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen

Sin destroys

Genesis 31:14-16

Rachel and Le’ah answered him, “We no longer have any inheritance from our father’s possessions; and he considers us foreigners, since he has sold us; moreover, he has consumed everything he received in exchange for us.  Nevertheless, the wealth which God has taken away from our father has become ours and our children’s anyway; so whatever God has told you to do, do.”

 

What a sad but accurate portrayal of the selfishness of sin.  Lavan had separated his family, his possessions, and distanced himself from God that he knew brought salvation as taught him by Avraham’s brother Nachor.  And all this for what, so he could tell himself he was lord over Ya’akov?  That he could feel better about himself by belittling others?  Lavan sold his daughters to enslave Ya’akov to him and lost their love and not in one fell swoop but over time as they saw him squander their bride prices in the pursuit of power and position.  Yet for all his maneuvering and posturing Ya’akov continued to grow with ADONAI’s blessing while Lavan continued to wane.  Lord forgive me for the times of jealousy and hurt that I have cause seeking what You would have for another.  Lord let me be satisfied for my blessings and seek only Your face.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Be Ready

Luke 12:35-38

“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit, like people waiting for their master’s return after a wedding feast; so that when he comes and knocks, they will open the door for him without delay.  Happy the slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes! Yes! I tell you he will put on his work clothes, seat them at the table, and come serve them himself!  Whether it is late at night or early in the morning, if this is how he finds them, those slaves are happy.

 

As believers we are commanded to be in a state of readiness as Yeshua illustrates.  At no time should we let down our guard but always be looking toward ADONAI’s redemption.  Lord let me be in Your service and working with everything I have for You.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

God First

Luke 10:38-42

On their way Yeshua and his talmidim came to a village where a woman named Marta welcomed him into her home. She had a sister called Miryam who also sat at the Lord’s feet and heard what he had to say. But Marta was busy with all the work to be done; so, going up to him, she said, “Sir, don’t you care that my sister has been leaving me to do all the work by myself?” However, the Lord answered her, “Marta, Marta, you are fretting and worrying about so many things! But there is only one thing that is essential. Miryam has chosen the right thing, and it won’t be taken away from her.”

 

There will always be work that needs to be done. It is when we sacrifice the time ADONAI has given us to set aside and spend with Him that we lose focus on what is important and begin to worship money over God. If we truly trust in God then the cares of this world are too small to mention. Lord keep me focused on what is important to You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.