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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One, United with Yeshua

John 17:20-23
“I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word, that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one, just as we are one— I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one, and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me.
 
Until we are one with ADONAI, echad in Hebrew which means complete, whole, unified, we cannot experience His glory. Yeshua prayed for us directly today who trust in Him because these talmidim were one with Him and gave their witness and testimony so that we to may become one with ADONAI through the removal of our sin by the blood of Yeshua’s sacrifice. As believers joined together we experience the full indwelling of the Ruach HaKodesh so that our own testimony can bring others to experience the same completeness that we do. Abba let me always be one with You as Yeshua had prayed. Guard me from my own selfishness and cling to Your ways so that I may always show Your love to others, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Give ADONAI His Due

Psalm 96:7-10

Give ADONAI his due, you families from the peoples;

give ADONAI his due of glory and strength;

give ADONAI the glory due to his name;

bring an offering, and enter his courtyards.

Worship ADONAI in holy splendor;

tremble before him, all the earth!

Say among the nations, “ADONAI is king!”

The world is firmly established, immovable.

He will judge the peoples fairly.

 

I am commanded by the psalmist to give ADONAI his due.  Only by placing Him ruler of my life over all other things will I be able to enjoy His shalom and comfort while being protected by His strength and power.  How do I give ADONAI his due, by accepting Yeshua as my sacrifice for my sin, worshiping Him will all my being and following His mitzvah’s that He established.  In doing all this proclaim to other that ADONAI is King and Ruler of all things, so others may come to know Him.  ADONAI let me be faithful in declaring Your Word and worshiping You in all things.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Pruning

John 15:1-3

“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener.  Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.  Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.

I hate pruning, digging among the branches of a tree or bush to cut out the sick and unhealthy ones so the plant might thrive.  Yet Yeshua tells us that as soon as we hear the truth of His Word from ADONAI we are pruned.  Convicted we cut out the bad and unhealthy aspects of our lives that sin dwells in, for me alcohol was one, and in that empty spot in our lives we let Yeshua place something new that binds in and fills the hole that was there, grafting in His love where sin once ate away at the stem of our soul.  Also, this is ongoing, at any point where we the branches of ADONAI’s love fail to bring forth fruit we can be removed from the root of Yeshua so that the body stays healthy.  We must embrace our pruning so that we remain healthy in the body of believers and that we contribute to that body being healthy as well.  Lord, let me see the good in the pruning and not dwell on the pain of losing something that made me comfortable but yet could keep me from You.  I know You are a loving Father and only want me to grow stronger and fuller in You.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

For the Nations

Jeremiah 12:14-17

Here is what ADONAI says: “As for all my evil neighbors who encroach on the heritage I gave to my people Isra’el as their possession, I will uproot them from their own land, and I will uproot Y’hudah from among them.  Then, after I have uprooted them, I will take pity on them again and bring them back, each one to his inheritance, each one to his own land.  Then, if they will carefully learn my people’s ways, swearing by my name, ‘As ADONAI lives, ‘just as they taught my people to swear by Ba’al, they will be built up among my people.  But if they refuse to listen, then I will uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” says ADONAI.

Here is ADONAI’s promise to the nations, that they will have to pay for misleading Israel but that if they give up their false worship of idols and come to know and worship ADONAI, He will establish them along with Israel forever.  To fail to do that is to be separated from ADONAI forever.  Salvation whether for the nations or an individual is the same listen to and heed the Word of ADONAI, failure to do so is death.  Lord You have let many nations fall against the Rock of Your protection for Your people.  Lord don’t let me stumble, but cling to that Salvation through Yeshua’s sacrifice, and always seek Your face.  Abba let my witness speak to my nation so that the Apple of Your eye is protected, and we will rejoice in Your Holiness together.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Focus

Jeremiah 7:3-11

Here is what ADONAI-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el, says: “Improve your ways and actions, and I will let you stay in this place.  Don’t rely on that deceitful slogan, ‘The temple of ADONAI, the temple of ADONAI- these [buildings] are the temple of ADONAI.’ No, but if you really improve your ways and actions; if you really administer justice between people;  if you stop oppressing foreigners, orphans and widows; if you stop shedding innocent blood in this place; and if you stop following other gods, to your own harm;  then I will let you stay in this place, in the land I gave to your ancestors forever and ever.  Look! You are relying on deceitful words that can’t do you any good.  First you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, offer to Ba’al and go after other gods that you haven’t known.  Then you come and stand before me in this house that bears my name and say, ‘We are saved’—so that you can go on doing these abominations!  Do you regard this house, which bears my name, as a cave for bandits? I can see for myself what’s going on,” says ADONAI.

 

ADONAI does not want the two hours out of our week for worship, He wants us 24/7.  Really is it worship to show up for service and turn around and commit sin as soon as you leave the parking lot?  No! He wants us to love and respect Him so much that it can be seen by others in our daily lives.  Abba keep me from my worldly ways and remain focused on You, not just on Shabbat but throughout my daily walk with You.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Fear of the Crowd

John 12:42-43

Nevertheless, many of the leaders did trust in him; but because of the P’rushim they did not say so openly, out of fear of being banned from the synagogue; for they loved praise from other people more than praise from God.

 

How different the gospels might have been if these leaders of the Jewish people had the tenacity to stand up for what they believed in, if they truly exercised their trust in ADONAI.  Still they thought the praise of men was more important than God’s.  Yet who am I to judge for I cannot count the times I have failed to stand firm in my trust in ADONAI when it was just easier to fold to the will of the crowd that was around me.  Not to bring attention to myself when I disagreed with public opinion or followed others into sinful acts just to be “one of the guys”.  ADONAI TZ’VAOT, Lord of Host, forgive me for not trusting Your strength and power in my life through Your Ruach.  Thank You for giving me a congregation that encourages and supports me in my walk with You. Lord embolden me so that I am no longer moved by the need for acceptance in this world but fully committed to serving You.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

How Long

Jeremiah 4:21-22

How long must I see that signal

and hear the shofar sound?

“It is because my people are foolish—

they do not know me; they are stupid children,

without understanding, wise when doing evil;

but they don’t know how to do good.”

 

I feel like Jeremiah did when he wrote this.  He and the few others that still trusted and worshiped ADONAI could see where He was leading the nation that had forgotten Him.  Today we have so many that deny God’s existence in the name of science and free will, and in their apostasy our world burns for it.  The Southwest and West Coast have seen the worst fire season on record, but then they said that last year and the year before and still will not turn back to God.  Earthquakes batter states that in the past never felt them and people still want to say science has caused this not ADONAI.  Storms have and will batter the East Coast but again no one will look to God as to why this is happening.  We must heed the examples God’s people; the Jewish Nation gave us; Forget ADONAI and the very land will rebel against you in His Name.  Lord please forgive us and let us return once again to You.  Let there be a great outpouring in this land where we once again as a nation honor You.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Seeing clearly

John 10:22-30
Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!” Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf, but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands. I and the Father are one.”
 
Yeshua had already revealed himself to these P’rushim and Tz’dukim. He had healed the lame, the mute, the deaf, and the blind, including the man blind from birth. Supernatural healings that were prophesied by Yesha’yahu, yet these leaders couldn’t see Yeshua as the Massiach because he didn’t fit their preconceived notions. Accepting Yeshua’s sacrifice and ADONAI’s leadership in our lives so that we may be filled by the Ruach HaKodesh does give us as believers power but not the power the leaders of the Jewish people were looking for. Instead of power to lord over people it enables us as believers to serve people so that they too may come to know ADONAI in their lives. Lord let me see clearly all the signs and directions You give me in my life so that I may more closely follow You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Trust not traditions

John 9:13-16

13 They took the man who had been blind to the P’rushim. 14 Now the day on which Yeshua had made the mud and opened his eyes was Shabbat. 15 So the P’rushim asked him again how he had become able to see; and he told them, “He put mud on my eyes, then I washed, and now I can see.” 16 At this, some of the P’rushim said, “This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep Shabbat.” But others said, “How could a man who is a sinner do miracles like these?” And there was a split among them.

People like the P’rushim (Pharisees) get so wrapped around the axel about those own rules they miss the miracles of God. And this one, healing a man blind from birth was one of the identifiers of the Mashiach, the Messiah! Lord keep my eyes always focused on you, and not get lost in the rules and traditions we make. I ask this in Yeshua’s name amen.

True Sons (and Daughters)

John 8:39-47
They answered him, “Our father is Avraham.” Yeshua replied, “If you are children of Avraham, then do the things Avraham did! As it is, you are out to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Avraham did nothing like that! You are doing the things your father does.” “We’re not illegitimate children!” they said to him. “We have only one Father—God!” Yeshua replied to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me; because I came out from God; and now I have arrived here. I did not come on my own; he sent me. Why don’t you understand what I’m saying? Because you can’t bear to listen to my message. You belong to your father, Satan, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. From the start he was a murderer, and he has never stood by the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is speaking in character; because he is a liar—indeed, the inventor of the lie! But as for me, because I tell the truth you don’t believe me. Which one of you can show me where I’m wrong? If I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God listens to what God says; the reason you don’t listen is that you don’t belong to God.”
 
This is the state of most “religion” today. Like the Pharisees arguing with the Yeshua, people are so stuck on the traditions and trappings of their style of worship that they have forgotten the deference they are to show ADONAI. The Pharisees had knowledge of God and of the Messiah, but when presented with them they missed the boat because Yeshua did not come as they expected. Lord let me live as Avraham, listening to Your Word and acting immediately on it. Abba help me to build my trust in You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.