Begin with forgiveness

M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 8:30

Yes, listen to the plea of your servant, and also that of your people Isra’el when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven where you live; and when you hear, forgive!

Our prayers must start with forgiveness.  How can we come before ADONAI and ask of anything if we have the dust of this world still settled on our shoulders?  If we do not take the time to clean our hearts and souls to come before God in praise and supplication, why would we think that He would take the time to hear our prayers?  Lord forgive me for my hubris in treating You like an atm with prayers of selfish demands.  Let my heart be changed by the power of the Ruach so that I cleansed of my selfishness and pray with the desire of Your will in all things.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

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.

Be Fearless

Tehillim (Psalms) 138:7-8

You keep me alive when surrounded by danger;
you put out your hand when my enemies rage;
with your right hand you save me.
ADONAI will fulfill his purpose for me.
Your grace, ADONAI, continues forever.
Don’t abandon the work of your hands!

When we submit ourselves fully to ADONAI, just as David did, then there is nothing in this world we have to fear. As the good and just Master of our lives, God will provide us with everything thing we need for this life so that we may rejoice forever with Him. Lord thank You for revealing Your promise to us in these words of David. Glory to You forever and ever, amen.

Be Refined

Z’kharyah (Zechariah) 13:9

9 This third I will bring through the fire.
I will refine them as silver is refined,
and will test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My Name
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
and they will answer, ‘Adonai is my God.’

Trusting in Adonai is a refining process. Just as dross is melted away from gold in the crucible, our self-centered sinfulness is removed to make us holy and acceptable to Him. Then we may truly be one with ADONAI. Lord let me see the work that You are doing in my life to make be a better person. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Focus on ADONAI

Tehillim (Psalm) 126:5-6

Those who sow in tears
will reap with cries of joy.
He who goes out weeping
as he carries his sack of seed
will come home with cries of joy
as he carries his sheaves of grain.

The pains and sorrows of this life are many and heavy to bear. Yet if we as believers keep focused on our salvation in Yeshua and obeying ADONAI in our hearts, minds and souls, we will overcome the evil of this age and rejoice forever with God. Lord let me always keep focused on You. Help me to make Your Word a plumb line in my life for all things. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Don’t be caught outside

Luke 13:23-28

Someone asked him, “Are only a few people being saved?” He answered, “Struggle to get in through the narrow door, because—I’m telling you!—many will be demanding to get in and won’t be able to, once the owner of the house has gotten up and shut the door. You will stand outside, knocking at the door and saying, ‘Lord! Open up for us!’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from!’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you! you taught in our streets!’ and he will tell you, ‘I don’t know where you’re from. Get away from me, all you workers of wickedness!’ You will cry and grind your teeth when you see Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya’akov and all the prophets inside the Kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside.

I cannot think of a worse punishment but to be alone, on the outside, in the dark, looking in to all those who rejoice with ADONAI in the light of the wedding feast. Lord turn our hearts to flesh and let us seek Your salvation through the blood of Yeshua. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Speak Up

Luke 12:11-12

“When they bring you before the synagogues and the ruling powers and the authorities, don’t worry about how you will defend yourself or what you will say; because when the time comes, the Ruach HaKodesh will teach you what you need to say.”

Never worry about witnessing to others about ADONAI’s power and love. God will always place the words that you need to speak on your heart. Abba thank You for Your guidance through the Ruach. Praise Your Holy Name, amen.

Till that day

Z’kharyah (Zechariah) 3:7-10

“ADONAI-Tzva’ot says this: ‘If you will walk in my ways, obey my commission, judge my house and guard my courtyards; then I will give you free access among these who are standing here. Listen, cohen gadol Y’hoshua, both you and your colleagues seated here before you, because these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Tzemach [Sprout]. For look at the stone I have put in front of Y’hoshua: on one stone are seven eyes; I will engrave what is to be written on it,’ says ADONAI-Tzva’ot; ‘and I will remove the guilt of this land in one day. When that time comes, ‘says ADONAI-Tzva’ot, ‘you will all invite each other to join you under your vines and fig trees.'”

While ADONAI was speaking to Y’hoshua, the cohen gadol, or high priest, at the time of the restoration of the temple it is a good word for us as well. If we hold to God’s commands and immerse ourselves into His Word so that we are living it out day after day as the body of believers, then Yeshua will appear. In that day that Yeshua comes all evil will be removed and will worship together and celebrate just as we practice during this festival of Sukkot, joining under the branches of the trees to enjoy our love for God together. Lord let me see this day and that it comes soon, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Never cease speaking Life

Luke 10:10-11

‘ But whenever you enter a town and they don’t make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off as a sign against you! But understand this: the Kingdom of God is near!’

As believers, even when we are rejected by those around us for our trust in ADONAI, we still have to tell them “the Kingdom of God is near!” Oh God this so goes against my character as a man looking for the fight. Why would I offer my enemy any chance at redemption. Help me to remember it is not my fight and not my personal offense that must be addressed but all must have a chance to reconcile to You Lord. Forgive me my failure and strengthen me to never shy away from speaking Your Word of life! I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Finding the good

Luke 9:49-50

Yochanan responded, “Rabbi, we saw someone expelling demons in your name; and we stopped him because he doesn’t follow you along with us.” Yeshua said to him, “Don’t stop such people, because whoever isn’t against you is for you.”

I struggle with these verses. How can evil people speak truth that raises up other people to trust ADONAI? Yet as Yochanan, the talmid Yeshua loved, states his dedication in his “you are either with us or against us statement” he is corrected by Yeshua for his short sightedness. All I can take from this is that there are lessons to be learned everywhere as long as we continually seek God’s face. Lord let Your Word open my heart so there can be no doubt in my trust in You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Share your testimony

Luke 8:37-39

Then all the people of the Gerasene district asked him to leave them, for they had been seized with great fear. So he boarded the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged that he might go with him; but Yeshua sent him away, saying, “Go back to your home and tell how much God has done for you.” He went away proclaiming throughout the whole town how much Yeshua had done for him.

When we come to know salvation through Yeshua like the man from Gerasene we want to spend our every moment with Him even when the lost around us grow fearful. Yet like this man we have a responsibility to ADONAI and our fellow man to share our testimony so that others will have to opportunity to come to know God as we do. Abba thank You for giving us not just salvation but a way to serve You so that all may come to know Your Glory forever, amen.

Just to be close to Him

Tehillim (Psalms) 84:11

Better a day in your courtyards
than a thousand [days elsewhere].
Better just standing at the door of my God’s house
than living in the tents of the wicked.

If all I ever get is just to the outer court of the temple that moment, like the psalmist here is describing, is better than anything else I can experience with the selfish self-centered sinful people of this world. Lord let me be worthy of Your service. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.